With Opening Day just three weeks away, the Brewers continued to trim their roster on Monday, sending eight pitchers over to their minor league camp.
Right-handers Taylor Williams, Jorge Lopez and Damien Magnifico and lefty Josh Hader were all optioned to minor league camp while Andrew Barbosa, Paolo Espino, Stephen Kohlscheen and Aaron Wilkerson were all reassigned to minor league camp as well.
Hader, the Brewers top pitching prospect, made three appearances for the Brewers, starting one game, and posted a 1.93 earned run average, striking out five batters over 4.2 innings of work. Meanwhile, Williams has been making his way back from 2015 Tommy John surgery and had yet to throw in a live game for Milwaukee while Lopez is off pitching in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico.
Magnifico has struggled to throw strikes in five relief outings but managed to limit the damage and was unscored upon in 4.2 innings of relief work. Espino has been especially strong, allowing just one hit over his six spring innings, but the Brewers may look to stretch him out as a starter in minor league camp. In addition, Barbosa, Kohlscheen and Wilkerson have all shown flashes as well and should provide Milwaukee with several strong bullpen candidates at Triple-A Colorado Springs this season.
The moves leave Milwaukee with 46 players remaining in camp, including 23 pitchers, five catchers, ten infielders and eight outfielders.